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New York Times: Is VMware the new king of X86 world?

When I saw the title "A Software maker goes up against Microsoft". I smiled wryly. Wouldn't "software maker against software maker" be the better title? Lets break this up ans see what I think of it here.

“There are certainly some analogies here to what Microsoft did with Netscape,” said Mendel Rosenblum, a founder of VMware and its chief scientist.

Maybe Mendel, but the only difference is Netscape was a browser and IE practically didn't exist in the internet world. Microsoft's OS is getting enough poor reviews. Organizations are continuously choosing for Linux OS. Embracing Novell will eventually deliver a dead-lock (to one of them, I am predicting both). We are not in the 90's and the web and blogs and customers are all telling tales of what they want.

VMware is leery of such an accommodation, fearing it would prove to be a one-sided bargain. “We will not sign agreements that give Microsoft control of this layer,” Ms. Greene said

Absolutely! The one who controls the Management layer will dictate the terms. Virtualization promises us freedom. Freedom to choose services. Get rid of them if not required. Move them somewhere else without any complications. And all that happens on that "Management Layer". No wonder Microsoft is doing everything to grab it. Although one ought to see Virtualization as the aerospace and OSs as just merely Airplanes. (Vista OS Airlines is suggested here at Digg :-))

And don't worry about VMware. All the offerings from Virtual Iron and other Xen offerings are building solid robust interfaces for Linux interface. I remember the time when reading an archive news about VMware as "The Linux Company". They soon moved over to Windows as obviously a lot of OS software was that of Microsoft. But Linux is on the rise as well. And massively! I will be traveling to Africa again to talk about Virtualization (besides my project where I am proposing VMware as the Virtualization platform -- please someone throw a chair at and all I hear is Linux. In India too, all I hear is Linux deployments.

Ok to end this on a more softer tone: I firmly believe that firms ought to learn to stop doing the "you build your stuff on mine" and start concentrating on coexistence (think : compatibility, alignment)

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